How to wear Vegan

Vegan shoes, vegan clothing, and vegan accessories are easier to come by than ever before - and they're more fashionable, too. Use this guide to learn how to wear vegan!

1What To Wear

Wearing vegan is easy once you know what to look for. Use this guide to read labels quickly to identify vegan materials as well as commonly used animal products that you'll want to avoid.

Shoes
shoes

Order the shoes seen here:
MooShoes.com

Vegan Materials:

man-made leather, all man-made materials, pleather, synthetic materials, cotton, canvas

What to Avoid

leather, suede, alligator skin, snakeskin, kangaroo
Tip: Look inside the heel or under the tongue of shoes to find this information.
Purses
purses & wallets

Order the bag seen here:
MooShoes.com

Vegan Materials:

man-made leather, all man-made materials, pleather, synthetic materials

What to Avoid

leather, suede, snakeskin
Tie
Ties

Order the tie seen here:
JaanJ.com

Vegan Materials:

nylon, polyester, rayon, cotton, microfiber

What to Avoid

silk
Sweater
Sweaters

Order the sweater seen here:
TheVegetarianSite.com

Vegan Materials:

cotton, linen, polyester fleece, acrylic, cotton flannel, synthetic fabrics

What to Avoid

wool, Angora, pashmina, cashmere, shearling, camel hair, mohair, silk, alpaca
Blouse
Blouses

Order the blouse seen here:
Twin-Couture.com

Vegan Materials:

nylon, polyester, cotton, rayon

What to Avoid

silk
Pants
Pants

Order the pants seen here:
TheVegetarianSite.com

Vegan Materials:

denim, cotton, twill, polyester, linen, microfibers, nylon, acrylic, polyester, rayon

What to Avoid

wool, silk
Suits
Suits

Order the blazer seen here:
BraveGentleman.com

Vegan Materials:

polyester, linen, Tencel, cotton, recycled plastic, viscose, rayon

What to Avoid

wool
Jacket
Coats & Jackets

Order the jacket seen here:
VeganStore.com

Vegan Materials:

cotton, nylon, polyester, polyester fleece, faux fur, synthetic down, down alternative, PrimaLoft, Thinsulate, Gore-Tex, Polartec Wind Pro, Thermolite

What to Avoid

wool, fleece, down, fur, fur trim
Scarf
Scarves

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BelloIris.com

Vegan Materials:

polyester fleece, acrylic, cotton, jersey, linen

What to Avoid

Angora, pashmina, cashmere, shearling, camel hair, mohair, alpaca
Sweater
Sweaters

Order the sweater seen here:
TheVegetarianSite.com

Vegan Materials:

cotton, linen, polyester fleece, acrylic, cotton flannel, synthetic fabrics

What to Avoid

wool, Angora, pashmina, cashmere, shearling, camel hair, mohair, silk, alpaca
Blouse
Blouses

Order the blouse seen here:
Twin-Couture.com

Vegan Materials:

nylon, polyester, cotton, rayon

What to Avoid

silk
Pants
Pants

Order the pants seen here:
TheVegetarianSite.com

Vegan Materials:

denim, cotton, twill, polyester, linen, microfibers, nylon, acrylic, polyester, rayon

What to Avoid

wool, silk
Suits
Suits

Order the blazer seen here:
BraveGentleman.com

Vegan Materials:

polyester, linen, Tencel, cotton, recycled plastic, viscose, rayon

What to Avoid

wool
Jacket
Coats & Jackets

Order the jacket seen here:
VeganStore.com

Vegan Materials:

cotton, nylon, polyester, polyester fleece, faux fur, synthetic down, down alternative, PrimaLoft, Thinsulate, Gore-Tex, Polartec Wind Pro, Thermolite

What to Avoid

wool, fleece, down, fur, fur trim
Shoes
shoes

Order the shoes seen here:
MooShoes.com

Vegan Materials:

man-made leather, all man-made materials, pleather, synthetic materials, cotton, canvas

What to Avoid

leather, suede, alligator skin, snakeskin, kangaroo
Tip: Look inside the heel or under the tongue of shoes to find this information.
Purses
purses & wallets

Order the bag seen here:
MooShoes.com

Vegan Materials:

man-made leather, all man-made materials, pleather, synthetic materials

What to Avoid

leather, suede, snakeskin
Tie
Ties

Order the tie seen here:
JaanJ.com

Vegan Materials:

nylon, polyester, rayon, cotton, microfiber

What to Avoid

silk
Scarf
Scarves

Order the scarves seen here:
BelloIris.com

Vegan Materials:

polyester fleece, acrylic, cotton, jersey, linen

What to Avoid

Angora, pashmina, cashmere, shearling, camel hair, mohair, alpaca
Sweater
Sweaters

Order the sweater seen here:
TheVegetarianSite.com

Vegan Materials:

cotton, linen, polyester fleece, acrylic, cotton flannel, synthetic fabrics

What to Avoid

wool, Angora, pashmina, cashmere, shearling, camel hair, mohair, silk, alpaca
Blouse
Blouses

Order the blouse seen here:
Twin-Couture.com

Vegan Materials:

nylon, polyester, cotton, rayon

What to Avoid

silk
Pants
Pants

Order the pants seen here:
TheVegetarianSite.com

Vegan Materials:

denim, cotton, twill, polyester, linen, microfibers, nylon, acrylic, polyester, rayon

What to Avoid

wool, silk
Suits
Suits

Order the suit seen here:
BraveGentleman.com

Vegan Materials:

polyester, linen, Tencel, cotton, recycled plastic, viscose, rayon

What to Avoid

wool
Jacket
Coats & Jackets

Order the jacket seen here:
VeganStore.com

Vegan Materials:

cotton, nylon, polyester, polyester fleece, faux fur, synthetic down, down alternative, PrimaLoft, Thinsulate, Gore-Tex, Polartec Wind Pro, Thermolite

What to Avoid

wool, fleece, down, fur, fur trim
Shoes
shoes

Order the shoes seen here:
MooShoes.com

Vegan Materials:

man-made leather, all man-made materials, pleather, synthetic materials, cotton, canvas

What to Avoid

leather, suede, alligator skin, snakeskin, kangaroo
Tip: Look inside the heel or under the tongue of shoes to find this information.
Purses
purses & wallets

Order the bag seen here:
MooShoes.com

Vegan Materials:

man-made leather, all man-made materials, pleather, synthetic materials

What to Avoid

leather, suede, snakeskin
Tie
Ties

Order the tie seen here:
JaanJ.com

Vegan Materials:

nylon, polyester, rayon, cotton, microfiber

What to Avoid

silk
Scarf
Scarves

Order the scarves seen here:
BelloIris.com

Vegan Materials:

polyester fleece, acrylic, cotton, jersey, linen

What to Avoid

Angora, pashmina, cashmere, shearling, camel hair, mohair, alpaca

2Where to shop

Walk into your local mall, big-box retailer, or trendy boutique and you're sure to find cruelty-free fashions lining the shelves.

Shopping Tips

Read the labels

On shoes, you'll find the materials printed inside the heel or under the tongue. On clothing, look inside the neck or waist of the item. Sometimes tags are also located near the bottom of the garment.

Check The price

Vegan clothing and accessories can cost only a fraction of the price of animal products, but be sure to read the label, too.

Search For Answers

If all else fails, whip out your smart phone and use this guide or a search engine to find answers.

Top Retailers and Brands

Some of the biggest names in fashion offer vegan shoes. Here are just a few of the many that you may want to check out:

  • Stella McCartney
    Ann Taylor LOFT
    Style & Co
    Target
    Forever 21
  • H&M
    Steve Madden
    Kohl's
    Kenneth Cole Reaction

Remember: These companies are not 100 percent vegan, but they do sell many vegan products. So please read the labels.

Online Shopping

Don't worry if you can't find the right vegan shoes or perfect vegan coat in your local stores. Online vegan retailers are only a click away:

3What to avoid

Leather, wool, and fur are three of the mostly commonly known animal products used in clothing, but there are many lesser known materials that could be hanging in your closet right now. Learn more about what to avoid and why.

leather

Millions of cows, pigs, sheep, and goats are slaughtered for their skin every year. They are castrated, branded, and dehorned and have their tails docked—all without anesthetics. Then they are trucked to slaughter, bled to death, and skinned.

Stella McCartney Takes On the Leather Trade

Watch "Stella McCartney Takes On the Leather Trade" to learn more.

Wool

Shearing sheep involves more than just a haircut. Because shearers are usually paid by volume rather than by the hour, they often work too fast and disregard the animals' welfare. Sheep are routinely punched, kicked, and cut during the shearing process. Much of the world's wool comes from Australia, where tens of millions of sheep each year undergo "mulesing," a gruesome procedure in which instruments resembling gardening shears are used to cut dinner plate–size chunks of skin and flesh from the backsides of live animals—often without anesthetics.

Pink Speaks Up for Sheep

Watch "Pink Speaks Up for Sheep" to learn more.

Fur

Animals on fur farms spend their entire lives confined to cramped, filthy wire cages. Fur farmers use the cheapest and cruelest killing methods available, including suffocation, electrocution, gas, and poison.

A Shocking Look Inside Chinese Fur Farms

Watch "A Shocking Look Inside Chinese Fur Farms" to learn more.

Angora

Angora rabbits are strapped to a board for shearing, kicking powerfully in protest. The clippers inevitably bite into their flesh, with bloody results. Angoras have very delicate foot pads, making life on a wire cage floor excruciating and ulcerated feet a common condition. Because male Angora rabbits have only 75 to 80 percent of the fur yield of females, they are killed at birth on many farms.

THE TRUTH BEHIND ANGORA FUR

Watch "THE TRUTH BEHIND ANGORA FUR" to learn more.

down

Down is plucked from geese and ducks either while they are alive or after slaughter. Many geese used for down are held down by workers who tear out the birds' feathers while the animals shriek in pain and terror. They are often plucked so hard that their skin rips open, leaving gaping wounds that workers crudely stitch back together in the same unsterile environment in which the birds were plucked—and all without any anesthetics.

Alicia Silverstone Urges Fans to Ditch Down

Watch "Alicia Silverstone Urges Fans to Ditch Down" to learn more.

silk

Silk is the fiber that silkworms weave to make cocoons. To obtain silk, worms are steamed or gassed alive in their cocoons by manufacturers.

exotic skins

"Exotic" animals, such as alligators, are factory-farmed for their skins and meat. They may be beaten to death with hammers and axes, sometimes remaining conscious and in agony for up to two hours after they're skinned. Snakes and lizards may be skinned alive because of the belief that live flaying makes exotic leather more supple.

Joaquin Phoenix Reveals Exotic-Skins Horrors

Watch "Joaquin Phoenix Reveals Exotic-Skins Horrors" to learn more.

shearling

A shearling garment is made from a sheep or lamb who is shorn only once before slaughter. The animal is then skinned, and shearling is made from the skin with the wool still on it. It can take 25 to 45 individual sheep hides to make just one shearling garment.

Shearling

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